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Stuart, Gilbert Charles 1755-1828 Artist; born in Narraganset, R. I., Dec. 3, 1755; was taken to Edinburgh when eighteen years of age by a Scotch artist named Alexander, but soon returned, and painted at Newport, Boston, and New York. When the Revolutionary War broke out, he went to London, received instructions from Benjamin West, and rose to eminence. Gilbert Charles Stuart. In Paris he painted a portrait of Louis XIV. He returned to the United States in 1793, and painted, from life, portraits of Washington and many worthies of the Revolutionary period. After residing several years in Philadelphia and awhile in Washington, he made his permanent abode in Boston in 1806. Stuart's last work was a portrait of John Quincy Adams. He is regarded as one of the best portraitpainters America has ever produced. His two daughters, Mrs. Stebbins and Miss Jane Stuart, both meritorious artists, long followed the profession of their father. He died in Boston, Mass., July 27, 1828.